In 1999, APPA began lobbying for every state to make a proclamation that one week in July be Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week. This was a simple and powerful statement each state could make in celebration of the nearly 100,000 men and women who spend their days working to improve outcomes, both for the individual AND for the public safety of our communities. The first #PPPSWeek Proclamation was made by Governor Bill Owens of Colorado that year. Since that first Proclamation, every one of the 50 states have joined in the celebration.
In the past few years, APPA Executive Director Veronica Cunningham and a team of dedicated staff have visited offices in 10 states to show our appreciation. That can mean bringing small baskets of goodies, trumpeting your achievements to our membership and/or learning new ways we can help make your lives easier. We have since implemented many of the ideas suggested by you and your peers including APPA Connect, our online community that gives pretrial, probation and parole professionals the ability to reach out and talk to each other, and student membership rates for those continuing their education or looking for their career.
APPA has implemented many ideas from those visits. Most recently, an online community, APPA Connect, was launched. APPA Connect allows PPPS professionals the ability to reach out and talk to each other to obtain information, guidance, and support. APPA has also begun to offer discounts on various products and services. APPA is also welcoming students as members by offering student membership rates and substantially discounted training institute registration rates. And there is so much more to come...APPA is listening!
For the 22nd year of PPPS Week, APPA is at a crossroads. We hope to visit probation and parole offices, but we have to wait for the threat of coronavirus to recede. If your office has taken special precautions to make visits possible, let us know! We're looking for mid-western state offices to show our respect and admiration.
Also, if you represent a company interested in sponsoring one of our visits, please contact us today!